President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he had signed the documents for the execution of four big-time drug offenders currently convicted and awaiting death sentence and that it would be carried out soon.
However, the President did not indicate as to when the execution would be carried out.
Addressing heads of media institutions at the President’s House he said that the convicts and their next of kin are yet to be informed of the decision. He said that once informed, the convicts could appeal for clemency from the President.
The President emphasized the danger of illicit drugs and pointing out that there are around 100,000 drug addicts in the country. He urged all sections of the society to extend their fullest support to the government endeavours against illicit drugs and drug trafficking. The President said that substances varying from hooch to ice have engulfed the country, especially the youth. He said it was a matter of grave concern.
He said there were parties organized via social media for youth where illegal substances were diluted to beverages and served at these gatherings to get men and women hooked onto drugs.
Comments - 15
ANTON Wednesday, 26 June 2019 10:27 AM
I THINK OUR HANGING TREE IS SAFE AS HE HAS BANNED CHAIN SAWS.
ANTON Wednesday, 26 June 2019 10:29 AM
THE PROBLEM IS THAT OUR HANGMAN HAS MORE QUALIFICATIONS THAN OUR PRESIDENT.
Ganesha Wednesday, 26 June 2019 12:18 PM
Yehiya Wednesday, 26 June 2019 12:33 PM
Last minutes show.
Ganesh Wednesday, 26 June 2019 12:34 PM
Ballot Man Wednesday, 26 June 2019 12:45 PM
Then what happens to 18A
Rizan Wednesday, 26 June 2019 12:53 PM
venom Wednesday, 26 June 2019 12:57 PM
Very good move.
But I will only believe when I see the dead bodies.
Anmanpan Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:12 PM
Catches win matches. Hanging win elections? We need to teach him a lesson soon.
Anmanpan Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:13 PM
No one has the moral right to takes ones or another life. The Buddhist philosophy ?
P.B.Herat Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:14 PM
He should ask for the Kudu Mudalalis also to be convicted and hanged.
No crooked politician should be allowed to interfere
Daham Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:28 PM
This is just a stage drama. No one will be hanged. The 4 guys can appeal to him for clemency. He is desperate.
chandra Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:51 PM
Wait and see Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:10 PM
This will be followed by a presidential pardon !
Sambo Thursday, 27 June 2019 07:49 AM
Dear Mr. President, This is the type of law this country needs, but not only for drug traffickers but also for those who steal public wealth.
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